Minerals Alert March 2012

A monthly online newsletter with product news, data releases and projects relating to the minerals and energy exploration industry.

1. Australian Mineral Exploration Review for 2011

The Australian Mineral Exploration Review for 2011 provides an overview of results from Australia's mineral exploration during 2011. The report highlights exploration expenditure and results from selected drill intersections announced by individual exploration and mining companies. It also contains a selection of drill hole results, graphs of exploration expenditure trends for specific commodities and reference maps and exploration results for each deposit.

The publication also presents summaries of Australian, State and Northern Territory government initiatives which assist the mineral exploration sector.

The record is available as a free download.

For further information, email roger.skirrow@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9442.

2. Abstracts from the ASEG Natural Fields EM Forum 2012 released

Geoscience Australia Record 2012/04 contains abstracts from the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysics (ASEG) Natural Fields EM Forum 2012, held at the recent ASEG 2012 Conference in Brisbane.

The report is a collation of abstracts presented at the forum and reviews the current state-of-the-art use of natural EM fields in exploration applications. It also includes details of significant developments in acquisition, processing and interpretation methods in recent years, many of which have been made possible through ready access to increased computing power, both in the field and in post-acquisition processing facilities.

Principally, these applications involved aspects of ground-based MT and AMT methods, but also included airborne techniques (e.g., ZTEM) which use only natural EM fields as an energy source. The abstracts cover a wide range of applications of natural EM fields which are used in the search for minerals and energy resources and range from the development of broad-scale regional models to direct detection of drill targets.

The record is available as a free download.

For further information, email richard.lane@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9264.

3. Strong industry program and major data releases at 34th International Geological Congress

The Fourth Circular for the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) in Brisbane, Australia, in August 2012 is now available for download.

Released in mid February 2012, the Fourth Circular provides details on a comprehensive array of pre and post Congress field trips and professional development workshops, along with further information on accommodation options and the developing scientific program.

Geoscience Australia is playing a significant role in organisation of the IGC which will encompass the interests of geoscientists from industry, academia and governments. It promises to be largest geoscience meeting ever held in Australia.

The comprehensive resources and energy program under the theme Unearthing our Past and Future - Resourcing Tomorrow, coupled with the opportunities to connect with world-leading geoscientists, makes the IGC a not to be missed opportunity for corporate attendance, sponsorship and exhibition.

Sales of Exhibition sites in the IGC GeoExpo have been remarkable, with more than 200 spaces already filled. Information on remaining GeoExpo and sponsorship opportunities at the Congress and a current exhibitor list can be found in the Fourth Circular. Please join us in Brisbane, Australia, for the 34th IGC in August 2012.

For more information and registration please go to www.34igc.org.

4. 6th International SHRIMP Workshop, 1-4 August 2012

The Geoscience Australia Geochronology Laboratory is hosting the 6th Biennial Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP) Workshop in Queensland from 1-4 August 2012 to discuss, debate and celebrate all matters SHRIMP. The workshop will immediately precede the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane starting on 5 August 2012.

For more details on the workshop and to download the first circular, please go to the SHRIMP Workshop website.

For further information, email SHRIMP2012@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9543 or +61 2 6249 9044.

5. 4th Asian Current Research on Fluid Inclusions (ACROFI) Workshop, 10-12 August 2012

The ACROFI workshop provides an international forum for exchange of the latest research results and ideas between geoscientists from academia, government and industry from Asian countries and other nations. The conference will focus on applications and new developments for the study of fluid and silicate-melt inclusions. The workshop will immediately follow the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane starting on 5 August 2012. The deadline for abstract submission is 16 March 2012.

For more details on the workshop please go to the ACROFI IV website.

For further information, email terry.mernagh@ga.gov.au; or phone +61 2 6249 9640.

6. Update on geophysical data releases

The current status of Geoscience Australia's geophysical survey data acquisition is now available in a comprehensive table.

Minerals Alert Geophysical Surveys Table - survey boundary polygons in MapInfo TAB format.

To obtain further details on the survey acquisition please email murray.richardson@ga.gov.au or phone +61 2 6249 9229.

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Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013